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Love porridge? 5 places in the Cape Town CBD for a gourmet bowl of goodness

by capetowndiva

I’ve always relished porridge. My late Gran used to to make it for my brother and me – maltabella, smooth and creamy and devoured with layers of condensed milk. I know I know, so decadent and oh so divine! It was heaven in a bowl and to this day it’s a thing in our house, summer or winter, any time of day or night and the c-milk is still happening. I am always looking for places to have an excellent bowl of porrie and these are a few of my favourite places in the Cape Town CBD.

This article first appeared in the Sunday Times (23 June 2019)

Gone are the days when porridge was a gluey bowl of boring and a symbol of deprivation. Chefs de cuisine are having at a range of heritage grains and conjuring irresistible gourmet versions of the most ancient of foundation breakfasts. From oats to spelt, sorghum, millet, chia and quinoa, hot and cold porridge is back on a menu near you, the satisfying comfort food that comes with multiple health benefits in its slipstream.

Ground Art Caffe
Oat porridge has been a thing since time immemorial. High in micronutrients and low on the glycemic index Chef Glen Clark is in the know and entices customers to the tiny eatery that overlooks Table Mountain and the Noon Day Gun on Signal Hill. His version of the ancient staple is based on his grandma’s recipe. He begins with dry rolled oats, stirs in a blob of butter and smattering of brown sugar before adding a dash of cream and luke warm water to coax out the softness. The result is a creamy bowl of goodness, topped with banana, apple or berry compote and garnished with miniature coronation flowers and other pretty edibles.
Mon – Sat | 160 Strand Street | www.groundartcaffe.co.za | 021 4181331
Loading Bay
Loading Bay, an airy multi dimensional space located in De Waterkant offers a distinctive porridge selection, true to expectation. Prince Bawuli, long time chef at this stylish establishment in De Waterkant has introduced delicious options that will satisfy fussy vegans and good-food gurus. Choices include the immune boosting spelt, ginger, carrot and bircher porridge served warm with oat milk on the side (pictured), as well as the activated chia seed dish with sprouted buckwheat, yoghurt and seasonal fruit, and the millet porridge served with cardamom, cocoa and coconut.
Mon- Sun | 30 Hudson Street | www.loadingbay.co.za | 021 425 6320/1
The Poké Co
The Poké Co on Loop serves up a quinoa porridge, a textured treat made with almond milk. It’s presented warm, lightly spiced with cinnamon and topped with honey glazed banana and toasted almond flakes.  Quinoa is has garnered foodie fame as a wheat-free alternative to starchier grains and softens perfectly when cooked.  Try the cold apple soaked creamy oats & plain yoghurt or get your superfood fix with superfood with the strawberry and chia smoothie bowl.
Mon -Sat | 90 Loop Street | 087 470 0215
Harvest Cafe
Aside from their sensational power bowls, Harvest Cafe’s fibre-loaded ‘pumpkin pie oats’ is a “permanent special” says manager Hannes Odendaal, adding that the mostly vegan menu at this friendly Bokaap eatery has been curated by plant based chef Arabella Parkinson. This perfect winter warmer and beta-carotene booster combines pureed pumpkin spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon and mixed with almond and coconut milk that’s infused with vanilla essence. Other options include the quinoa porridge with turmeric and toasted buckwheat, and the chai-and-coconut-soaked-oats with dates, berries and yoghurt, served cold.
Mon – Sun |102 Wale Street | www.harvestcafe.co.za | 021422 1199 | www.harvest-capetown.business.site
At Hemelhuijs in the CBD chef Jacques Erasmus has had porridge on his menu way before it was back in fash. His soft Mieliepap is the business, presented simply and sans any fanfare, with a whorl of honey and a blob of slated butter. Jacques talents extend beyond the kitchen into the decor and design in this intimate dining space, and if your porridge takes as long as mine did to emerge, spend time browsing the ceramics on sale or flip through the beautifully designed super- sized menu.  Oh, and don’t forget to look up – his ceiling is probably the most famous one in town. 
Mon – Sat | 71 Waterkant Street | www.hemelhuijs.co.za | 021418 2042

Sunday Times Food & Drink section- my cover pic taken at Harvest in Bokaap



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